According to reports, Rafael Nadal will decide whether to play at this year’s Wimbledon between Friday and Sunday. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is training in Mallorca with incoming Spanish tennis sensation Martín Landalus to prepare for the tournament.
Nadal is a skeptic for SW19, after it was suggested he could skip the tournament to ease the pressure on a long-term leg problem. The 35-year-old has struggled with the issue for most of his career, but it has escalated over the years.
After winning the French Open last month, Nadal said: “Wimbledon is a priority, has always been a priority. If I’m able to play with anti-inflammatory, yes. With anesthetic injections to play with, I don’t want to put myself in that position again.
“It may be a one time but no, this is not the philosophy of life I want to follow. Let’s see. I am always a positive person and always hope that things are going well. Let’s rest assured Come on, stay positive and let’s see what’s going on.”
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This comes after Nadal won the Australian Open in January. He has won 22 Grand Slam titles so far, two more than rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Earlier this week, Nadal’s father Toni suggested that his son play at Wimbledon, even if he had a small chance to play with his chronic foot problem. Nadal has complained about getting regular injections to compete.
“When we spoke yesterday, they said it was going much better,” Toni Nadal told reporters. “He wants to train. If he has a small chance he will play Wimbledon.